Tag the Bag!

As you probably already know, all adoptions are a big financial undertaking. Our agency estimates that we will need approximately $30,000 to complete this entire process. Some of the things covered by these funds are background checks, physicals for everyone in the family, the home study, travel expenses, and fees to the US, China, and our agency.

We just can’t say thank you enough to all of you who are helping make this dream God has put in our hearts a reality.  Spencer has been kept busy working, Lucy’s notecards are almost all spoken for, and Hanna has been baking away!

And now we are so excited to have received a matching grant of $3,000!!
Every gift given to our fundraising efforts will be matched by
Lifesong for Orphans up to this $3,000 amount!

Every dollar given will be matched!
This is a potential $6,000 towards our adoption expenses!

If you would like to help us meet this goal,
you can donate online by
visiting our page
at My Story
by clicking here.

AND….
When you make a donation,
we will write your name on this awesome red suitcase!

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This cool bag will accompany us to China and travel home with us again.
It will then become a holder of keepsakes for our new son or daughter.
Help us meet our goal,
and we will use your name to
TAG the BAG!

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Thank you again!
The Rothfuss family
(who cannot wait to bring our “New Little Birdie” home to its nest)

 I thank my God every time I remember you.
Philippians 1:3

All Your Needs

Thank you so much to everyone who has ordered scones from Hanna
and purchased notecards from Lucy
and provided jobs for Spencer.
We appreciate you so much!

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We are grateful and amazed by all of God’s provision for us as
we work to bring home the newest member of the Rothfuss family
to our nest this year!

Jason started an amazing new job this week and we also received this news in an email…
Lifesong for Orphans is thankful to be a part of your adoption journey by providing a matching grant of $3000.  Our God is an awesome Provider God!”

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We will be posting more information on how to contribute towards
the matching grant soon!

And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

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Lucy’s Adoption Fundraiser!

Another sister has been working hard and is doing her very own adoption fundraiser!
She has crafted some limited edition 4×5″ notecards
that feature original artwork
by Lucy Joy
to help bring home her new brother or sister!
No two notecards are alike!

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Each notecard is stamped with
the artist’s name on the back as seen below.
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One very special notecard has a Sicily theme…
because this is where big sister Becca is spending the summer!
If you don’t know why this says “Sicily,”
look here!
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$10 for 5 notecards and envelopes (4″x5″)
We will pick a set for you, all tied up with a ribbon!

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 12 sets of 5 notecards each are available!

Please leave your order in the comments below!

(If you are not local friends or family, please inquire about shipping costs.)

P.S.
Spencer has also been working hard doing odd jobs and
yard work to contribute to our adoption fund and
Hanna is still taking orders for scones!
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Hanna’s Adoption Fundraiser!

For about a decade, Hanna was the baby of our family.
She has blossomed into the most awesome big sister ever!

Hanna is doing her very own adoption fundraiser to help bring home her
new little brother or sister!

Hanna’s Chocolate Chip Scones!

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They are delicious…

I am not disclosing how many I have eaten today!
(#samplesfortheneighbors #testkitchen)

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Not disclosing how many he has eaten today either!
(#helovesthemtoo)

Here are the details:

Made from scratch,
$10/baker’s dozen
(limited local delivery available)

Please leave your order in the comments below,
we will be in touch with you!

p.s.
Lucy is working on her very own fundraiser too…
stay tuned for more information!

Surprise!

We were hoping for next week, but we received a wonderful surprise
in the form of an email this morning!

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Dear Jason and Kirstin,

We have received confirmation that your dossier was logged in to the CCCWA on 5/18/16. This is your LID (log-in date). Congratulations!

Families participating in the Waiting Child Program have unknown wait time for a referral.  Please refer to the Waiting Children Program FAQ’s to understand factors affecting referral wait times.  Once a referral is accepted and you submit the Letter of Intent (LOI), you will receive an email with the estimates of approval wait times.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

Home

Wouldn’t you think that we would have this adoption process down?  Third times the charm, right?  Well, as it turns out, there is a big difference between domestic infant adoption and international adoption – and a lot of little differences in how different agencies handle international adoption, and we are working with a new agency this time.  A few times, these little changes or differences in the process have left us at a loss and needing some explanation when we felt like we should know just what to do.
We have even lost a few documents along the way –
and although we have our share of crazy around here, this is pretty uncharacteristic for us!
So, I am glad to share with you that we are done with our part of completing the dossier!

We recently sent this very precious package to our Family Coordinator and it has been confirmed that it made its journey safely to our agency, AWAA.  Hooray!!  Included inside were an application letter, birth certificates (Jason and Kirstin), General Physical Forms (Jason, Kirstin, and Becca), Marriage Certificate, Financial Statement, Employment Verification letter (Jason), Non-Employment Letter (Kirstin), Police Reports (Jason, Kirstin, and Becca), 3 reference letters, our homestudy, I800-a approval (US Immigration), family photo pages, photocopies of the signature page of passports (Jason and Kirstin), two passport photos each (Jason and Kirstin), homestudy agency’s COA accreditation certificate, license, and nonprofit letter…
and a few misc. things for AWAA, the placement agency.

Last week, we ask our Coordinator what she thought our timeline to the next few milestones might look like.  She had the following to say about
DTC (Dossier to China) and LID (Log In Date):

DTC will take around 3 weeks.  We are only allowed to take 15 documents to the State Department at one time, so your documents will go in two batches. (We have 18.)  We already have 15 documents going for another family tomorrow, so yours will go next week.  After that, they are taken to the Chinese Embassy the next Friday.  I will keep you posted on how things are going.  I try to be loose with the time because sometimes the Embassy doesn’t have documents ready on time.  Hopefully we’ll have you DTC on May 13th, but I will keep you posted.  Congratulations on getting to this point!  You’re so close!

**We heard today that our documents are at the State Department and
we are still on track for this time line!**

After meeting these two milestones, we will be getting close to being matched with a precious child who waits in China for a family, for a home.

We share (some of) the details of this amazing process with you so you can get an idea of the scope of this undertaking and understand the miracle
that the completion of each and every adoption is!
Without God’s heart for the fatherless and his mighty hand,
this could never all come together.

We cannot wait to bring our “New Little Birdie” home to its nest.
Because this is what HOME is…

“…I think God meant the home to be one of the primary places into which His Kingdom comes afresh, His life made known again on the scale of the everyday… home is not only a refuge from evil but also a place for a new beginning after evil has done its worst, a place where hope breaks once more into human existence –
not just as an idea, but as a refuge.”
Sally and Sarah Clarkson
The Life Giving Home

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“Now it’s time for story time, story time…”

Lucy loves to sing!
I love music…
and she and Michael bear with me when I sing!

We learned a little song last year at the library that we sing after lunch sometimes…
“Now it’s time for story time, story time, now it’s time for story time, welcome one and all.”

Some of our favorite books around here lately are The Jesus Storybook Bible,
Walt Disney’s Cinderella (a Little Golden Book), 
Richard Scarry’s: What Do People Do All Day?
,
Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs and
One Morning in Maine.

We usually sit on the couch or maybe on Michael’s bed and read and then head to roomtime for some rest and quiet for mom everybody.
Michael sits on one side of me and Lucy on the other so I am sandwiched in the middle.  Then they both LEAN way in and rest on my arm so I cannot hardly even
turn the page of the book!
I wish I had a picture… it’s very cozy.
*smile*

This last week, I have been blessed with a new wonder at all that God has done in our family over the last 5 years.  I look at Michael and remember reading this:

A child born to another woman calls me mom. The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me.” – Jody Landers

I look at Lucy and am absolutely amazed that there is a cute little Chinese girl growing up as part of our family.  How did God do this??

I look at Becca, Spencer, and Hanna and remember reading this

“…And the most beautiful thing is happening.  These kids of mine have seen evil, tasted its lingering grasp, and instead of being angry with their Creator, they miraculously shower love where evil once ran freely…They believe deep within their souls that love is stronger than any injustice… They breathe out the love of Christ and
fearlessly embrace what the world is throwing away…”

They amaze me.

Perhaps a collection of quotes
heard around here recently could tell some of this story,
His story…

Michael:  “Mommy, am I speaking English?”

Lucy:   “Those boys, I’m glad to have them.
They make laughs.”

Michael (this one is in heavy rotation):
“No, no, no… Can I TELL you something?”

Lucy:   “Yeah, I chose heaven.
I chose to be with Jesus.”

Michael:  “Mom… I had a thought bubble.”

Lucy (When told she would have to wait for something…):
“Then we won’t have ANYthing ever.”

Michael:   “Thank you, God, for a good day.
And everything you made, all of it.
We love it…
Amen.”

Lucy:  “I had lots of fun in China.
When I came here, I lost it.
I miss it and I can be still happy about here at home and the people.
I can be happy here but sad about there.”

 

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We Cleared!

Some of you will remember that I (Kirstin) am not very good
at making fingerprints…
Well…
We received a phone call tonight that was followed by cheering and happy dances!
We have been assigned an Immigration Officer AND she reports that
all 3 of our fingerprints cleared!
(Since Becca is over 18, she is also required to be fingerprinted by USCIS.)

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As we wait to receive our I800a approval from Immigration by mail,
we are working away at grant applications from Show Hope and Lifesong for Orphans.

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We are really looking forward to completing our Dossier and being
“DTC” (or Dossier To China).
In the meantime, we try to make a little progress every day while still being truly present to those who are already here at home, and
remember the big picture, taking heed of this reminder…

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But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart;
consider what great things he has done for you.
1 Samuel 12:24

Finishing Up Lucy Joy’s Coming Home Puzzle Project!

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Do you remember Lucy Joy’s Puzzle Project?
Well, over a year later, we finally have it all together and finished!
I just don’t know what we have been doing with ourselves…
*wink*
Isn’t it beautiful?

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All 1,000 pieces safely sandwiched between two pieces of glass in a mat and frame.
I would say Baba is pretty amazing, if you asked me!

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(Because of the two pieces of glass,
we can turn it around and see all the names on the back.)

Lucy thinks it is pretty special.
She tells people with a little smile, “It’s about me.”

Yes, sweet girl, it is… and about so many that love you very, very much.

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 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17